Olmutz 1684 2 ducats Fr-79

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Sincona sale 11, lot 2432
This specimen was lot 2432 in Sincona sale 11 (Zurich, May 2013), where it sold for 16,000 CHF (about US$19,809 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Olmütz, Bistum Karl II. von Liechtenstein-Castelcorno, 1664-1695. 2 Dukaten 1684, Kremsier. CAROL,D:G-EPVS-OLOMVCENSIS-DVX-S-R-I-PCEPS-Büste nach rechts im geistlichen Gewand mit breitem Kragen. Rv. G-CA-BO-TE-DE-LIECHTENSTAIN-COMES Verziertes vierfeldiges Stiftswappen; in der Mitte das Familienwappen. Zu den Seiten Schnitzwerk. Oben Krummstab, Inful, Fürstenhut und Schwert, darüber Jahreszahl. Vorzüglich-fast FDC. Ex Auktion UBS 66, September 2006, Lot 1530. Ex Golden Sale III, Auktion Hans M. F. Schulman, New York, 24. Oktober 1963, Lot 471. (bishopric of Olmutz, Charles II of Liechtenstein-Castelcorno, 1664-95, double ducat of 1684, Kremsier mint. Obverse: bust right in clerical vestments and collar; reverse: Fourfold arms of Oben Krummstab, Inful, Fürstenhut and Schwert, with bishop's crozier to left and sword to right. Extremely fine to uncirculated, from UBS auction 66, lot 1530 (September 2006).)"
This type issued 1672-93 is among the rare issues from this ecclesiastical state in Moravia, then part of Austria, now the Czech Republic. Later thalers from the 1720's are listed quite inexpensively. Altho assigned the same catalog number by the SCWC and by Friedberg, the reverse of this specimen is distinctly different than the issue of 1680.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 7 g, .986 fine gold, this specimen 6.91 g.

Catalog reference: Suchomel-Videman 422. Lichnowsky-Mayer 257, Fr-79, KM 267.


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  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes, Auction 11, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2013.

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